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Samurai Fantasy Movie Blade of the Immortal on Hulu

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Like katana? Like Samurai? Like a body count right out of an 80's Stallone or Schwarzenegger film? Then you are in luck! Blade of the Immortal with English subs is streaming on Hulu. Without giving away spoilers, be prepared for a movie short on plot and long on severed limbs. It's a straight up bloodbath. Takashi Miike is known for making absolute slaughter fests, and this one has a decent budget and body count. If you've got time to kill and a Hulu account, it's worth a watch. 

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Katana, Ninja, and Samurai In West World Season Two

If you have HBO chances are you have probably already watched season two of West World, so this is no surprise to you. If you haven't, season two has some great scenes in Samurai World with one of my favorite actors Hiroyuki Sanada. If you've seen The Last Samurai, The Wolverine, or 47 Ronin, then [...]

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Musashi - A Review of one of the Best Books About Ronin and Samurai Ever Written

Book Review - Musashi, by Yoshikawa EijiThe last blog post that I wrote for Ronin Katana was a book review of The Book of Five Rings, the penultimate work of master swordsman Miyamoto Musashi. I had read The Book of Five Rings more than once, and continue to re-read it each year as part of my "rotation" (like many voracious [...]

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Musashi and the Book of the Five Rings - Japanese Swordsman, Samurai, Poet, and Artist

The Book of Five RingsIf you collect katanas long enough you're eventually going to hear of him. One of the most famous and revered swordsman who ever lived, Miyamoto Musashi has inspired countless martial artists for centuries through his writings and the legends that surround his life. You've probably heard the name before now, whether referenced as a historical [...]

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How Ebay Samurai Swords get Made in China - An Inside Look at Sword Making Part Three

Ebay sword dealers offer a lot of customization, including custom hamon. As with the other parts of sword making, that too is outsourced to locals who specialize in it. There are several places, that range from very fast, to very detailed. The lower the price point on a sword sale, the lower the amount they [...]

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How Ebay Samurai Swords get Made in China - An Inside Look at Sword Making Part Two

Ebay sword sellers often, okay always, claim they have a forge and make the swords they sell themselves. Actually, in 100% of the cases, this is untrue. Yep, they are all lying, and not one of them owns a forge. So where do the mass quantities of swords they sell come from? In some cases, [...]

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How Ebay Samurai Swords get Made in China - An Inside Look at Sword Making Part One

Every few years this topic comes up in a big way, and my email box goes crazy. While I've published a few factory videos and wrote a few articles for Sword Buyers Guide, I decided since I already pay for a blog, I may as well put my inside access to use on Roninkatana.com as [...]

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The Ronin Elite 2015 Soshu Kitae Line has Stocked

Ronin has restocked the elite line with lots of new katana for sale. O-katana, kogarsu maru (little crow), and ko katana are among the 60+ new elites this year. Ronin has also added some Chinese jian and dao this year. Ronin Katana is the world's largest seller of complex laminated katana, including soshu kitae. Lamination [...]

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Touring a Ninja Shop, and Throwing Shuriken in Osaka, Japan

Recently I was in Japan buying parts for the Ronin tamahagane katana line, which should be on sale next year. Between traveling from city to city collecting sword parts and books on katana, Paul Southren (Sword Buyer's Guide) and I stopped at a ninja shop to buy a few things and put on a shuriken [...]

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Three New European Swords From Ronin Katana

Ronin will have three new European swords for sale in late July.  Model #7 is below. Includes suspension belt, so it is Renaissance fair ready. Like all swords offered by Ronin Katana, this one will be sharp, and ready for cutting right out of the box. Ronin has over 100 katana for sale, and 9 European [...]

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